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The decline of Christian Zionism

America’s largest Christian Zionist organization boasts about its numbers. But while their influence is a given, many Christians are slowly but surely seeing the justice of the Palestinian cause.

Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

People wave American and Israeli flags at a Zionist Christian rally featuring Glenn Beck in Jerusalem, August 24, 2011. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

People wave American and Israeli flags at a Zionist Christian rally featuring Glenn Beck in Jerusalem, August 24, 2011. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest Zionist Christian organization in the U.S., recently sent an email blast celebrating the milestone of “2 million members.” The Washington Post’s right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin dutifully reported on the CUFI press release, which included an additional list of impressive numbers:

According to CUFI, it has “driven hundreds of thousands of emails to government officials, held 2,162 pro-Israel events in cities and towns across the country, garnered more than 1.2 million Facebook fans, brought 304 leading pastors to Israel on 12 Pastors Leadership Tours, has trained more 2,500 students on how best to stand with Israel, presently has recognized college chapters on 140 campuses as well as an active presence at an additional 163 universities.”

However, as reported by conservative Christian magazine Charisma, “insiders know such membership consists of nothing but CUFI having your email address. There’s nothing to pay, nothing to sign. And even if you drop out, you’re still counted as a member. Given this, insiders say the number of actual donors is closer to 30,000 to 50,000.”

So I guess CUFI counts me as a “member,” since I get their emails in order to keep tabs on their antics. (I always want to change the wording on their action alerts to Congress, but they don’t allow you to edit their talking points. Typical.) So at best they can only boast 1,999,999 actual supporters. I also happen to know that +972’s own Ami Kaufman has even “liked” CUFI on Facebook, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t really like them like them.

But the numbers game does not diminish CUFI’s significant impact. They certainly have far more influence than any Palestinian solidarity organization. (Fun fact, though: Jewish Voice for Peace is kicking AIPAC’s ass on Facebook, 199,412 to 93,902. Help JVP get over 200,000—but only if you really like them like them!)

“The pro-Israel side is still far ahead in the battle for the hearts and minds of America’s evangelicals,” CUFI’s executive director, David Brog, accurately claimed in an article last year, “Anti-Israel Christians do not come close to matching CUFI’s size, activity, or influence.”

Brog’s article both asserted the strength of the Zionist Christian movement while trying to scare up additional support to counter the growing movement of Christians expressing solidarity with Palestine. But if you ignore his tone, framing, assumptions, exaggerations and accusations, his article is actually quite encouraging:

While small in number, these activists seem to have extensive funds. They are taking far more Christian leaders and influencers to Israel and the Palestinian Authority than the pro-Israel side. Through these newly-minted allies, they are reaching an ever expanding network of evangelicals in the United States.

International Christian activists join Palestinians  in a West Bank olive grove in an act of nonviolent resistance against the Israeli separation barrier that threatens to further divide land belonging to the town of Beit Jala, March 14, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

International Christian activists join Palestinians in a West Bank olive grove in an act of nonviolent resistance against the Israeli separation barrier that threatens to further divide land belonging to the town of Beit Jala, March 14, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Brog ends the article by saying, “Israel’s enemies are telling very big lies to some very influential Christians—and telling them quite well.” But he and his allies are taking their own liberties with the truth by distorting their actual beliefs of most Palestine-sympathetic Christians. The truth is that while this movement is real and growing, even at its most progressive edges, church-based solidarity with Palestinians is painstakingly balanced in its institutional statements, and anything but “anti-Israel.”

Case in point: Rubin claims in her blog entry that “Many of these churches have joined BDS and become otherwise knee-jerk critics of Israel.” Even the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which passed a divestment resolution against Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar and Motorola for profiting from the Israeli occupation, was careful to affirm Israel and distance itself from BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). As The New York Times reported:

The measure that was passed not only called for divestment but also reaffirmed Israel’s right to exist, endorsed a two-state solution, encouraged interfaith dialogue and travel to the Holy Land, and instructed the church to undertake “positive investment” in endeavors that advance peace and improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. It also said the motion was “not to be construed” as “alignment with or endorsement of the global B.D.S.”

Graffiti on the Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem promotes the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, June 17, 2014. BDS is a global nonviolent campaign to pressure Israel to end the occupation and respect Palestinian rights.

Graffiti on the Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem promotes the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, June 17, 2014. BDS is a global nonviolent campaign to pressure Israel to end the occupation and respect Palestinian rights. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

It would be great if U.S. Christians could more boldly answer the call of the Palestinian churches as presented in the Kairos Palestine document, which clearly calls for full BDS with the goal of: “justice and freedom for the Palestinians, and peace and security for the Israel as well.”

Such statements defy Brog’s caricature of Palestinian Christians as “telling a one-sided narrative of Jewish persecution of Christians that may sow the seeds of future hate.”

Add CUFI’s deceptive rhetoric, bloated membership rolls and distortions of their opponents’ views to the list of contradictions between the teachings of the Jesus they claim to follow and their actions in “defense” of Israel.

Zionist Christians from around the world march in the annual Jerusalem March, October 4, 2012. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Zionist Christians from around the world march in the annual Jerusalem March, October 4, 2012. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Rubin’s post contains an even more astounding internal contradiction. She reports that CUFI’s members “take scripture literally”—as many would likely claim. But later comes this astounding passage:

Brog says, “We have a responsibility to ensure the next generation of Christians support Israel.” As with all groups, younger Christians evince less support for Israel than their parents’ generation. Brog perceives that younger Christians need to be convinced that Israel is on the side of “justice and the oppressed,” and that requires work to tell the facts and combat Palestinian propaganda. “They have read their Bible. They say, ‘Now convince me your side is just.’”

The case needs to be made, he argues, that if one is for gay rights, equality for women, the rule of law, democracy, human rights, etc., Israel is on the right side.

So now even conservative right-wing Christian organizations are promoting LGBTQ rights and feminism! And it only took Israel to help them see the light! (Just don’t mention the gender-segregated buses.)

Brog may be onto something by dangling these laudable values at younger Christians. But it’s laughable that even a razor-thin margin of CUFI’s current members would support them. While older generations continue to resist equal rights for all God’s children, younger members of even the most conservative wings of U.S. Christianity are intuitively more open to more progressive perspectives. The bad news for CUFI is that this youthful progressivism includes solidarity with Palestinians and respect for their equal rights—instead of literalist interpretations of the Bible that privilege tribal identities.

Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) speaks to a group of evangelical Christian students from Wheaton College attending the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, March 7, 2012. The bi-annual conference is organized by Palestinian Christians to educate the global church about the reality faced by those living under occupation and to study how the teachings of Jesus can contribute toward peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) speaks to a group of evangelical Christian students from Wheaton College attending the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, March 7, 2012. The bi-annual conference is organized by Palestinian Christians to educate the global church about the reality faced by those living under occupation and to study how the teachings of Jesus can contribute toward peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

CUFI is big because signing up Zionist Christians is like shooting fish in a barrel, or picking low-hanging fruit, or any other metaphor about doing something that’s easy. Brog essentially admits as much, telling Rubin: “[W]hen CUFI started in 2006 its first task was to tap into what was already there. ‘Number one was taking present day deep support for Israel in the Christian community and organizing it.’”

That’s not a movement. That’s exploiting inertia. America’s churches are permeated with an unthinking default Zionism stemming in part from a righteous awareness—or a guilty conscience—regarding Holocaust history on one hand, and on the other, beguilement with Israel’s starring role in popular End Times mythologies from The Late Great Planet Earth to Left Behind. Add a dash of Islamophobic rhetoric and you’ve got a big mailing list.

A Zionist Christian attends a "Stand with Israel" rally in Boston, MA, August 7, 2014. The rally came in the midst of an Israeli military offensive called Operation Protective Edge that killed at least 2,200 Palestinians, including at least 1,483 civilians. At the same time, 6 civilians in Israel and 66 soldiers were killed by Palestinian militants. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Zionist Christian attends a “Stand with Israel” rally in Boston, MA, August 7, 2014. The rally came in the midst of an Israeli military offensive called Operation Protective Edge that killed at least 2,200 Palestinians, including at least 1,483 civilians. At the same time, 6 civilians in Israel and 66 soldiers were killed by Palestinian militants. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

If anything, CUFI represents the last desperate gasps of an outmoded worldview.

Its founder is Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement then-presdential candidate John McCain rejected in 2008 over controversial remarks about God, Hitler and Jews. Their recent spokespersons include Glenn Beck, who led a flop of a rally in Jerusalem after he became too extreme even for Fox News. Their list of conference speakers reads like a who’s-who of the neo-con chickenhawks who pushed the U.S. to invade Iraq and now have their bombsights set on Iran. These figures have a following, sure, but they are far from mainstream and are becoming more marginal by the minute.

Presented with the reality on the ground, rather than with scaremongering nonsense that “Israel is our first line of defense against Islamic terror,” U.S. Christians are slowly but surely seeing the justice of the Palestinian cause. One can only hope that their journey to the right side of history will happen while there’s still time for them to support a just peace—instead of being counted among its obstacles.

Related:
Zionist Christians’ war on the true meaning of Christmas
An open letter to Evangelical supporters of Israel
PHOTOS: ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ challenges Christian Zionism

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    1. Bruce Gould

      “Israel’s facing worsening international isolation, warns Foreign Ministry paper” –

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4614611,00.html

      The classified document, sent by the Foreign Ministry to Israeli missions worldwide, warns of possible diplomatic damage to Israel due to “moves to mark settlement products, stop the supply of replacement parts; debates on sanctions against Israel; demands for compensation for damage caused by Israel to European projects in the Palestinian territories; European activity in Area C, under Israeli rule; and more.”

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      • Pedro X

        Bruce, for once you should try to address the topic of the article. Is Christian Zionism on the decline? Are only those who donate to CUFI to be treated as real members as Mr. Beiler suggests? Cannot one support Israel without contributing money to a Christian Zionist organization?

        Poll after poll tells us the American public overwhelming supports the Jewish state. Among those who support Israel most strongly are conservative religious Americans. AS CUFI does they lobby their government officials to support Israel. The strength of the Christian Zionist lobby tells us Christian Zionism is not in decline.

        American politicians take notice of this overwhelming support and this support is manifested in Congress, where Democrats and Republicans staunchly support Israel. Many politicians, including hopeful American presidential candidates, make treks to Israel to prove to their American Zionist supporters their support for Israel.

        When you see a noticeable decline in Congress for support for Israel, then you will know Christian Zionism is on the decline. But support remains near all times high.

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    2. Mikesailor

      That damn internet! Before it existed Zionists could lie like rugs because it was difficult, and somewhat expensive, to match their “narrative” against the truth. As more and more Americans begin to delve into the facts, rather than the hasbara spouted not only by Israelis but degenerate clergymen like John Hagee who claim to be Christian yet ignore the entire New Testament (I wonder if you could call this group “Christians without Christ”? Sort of the reverse of “Jews for Jesus”?), more and more Americans are sympathizing with Palestinian aspirations. And this without the mass media which filters news through a pro-Zionist lens, and a political class dependent on Zionist campaign contributions. All polling shows a marked decrease in support of Israel especially among Democrats with major defections from Zionism among the young; both Jewish and non-Jewish. It is only a matter of time before the American financial subsidy to, and the diplomatic shield for, the so-called “Jewish” state comes to a deservedly ignominous end.

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      • Richard Barnes

        After WWI the Ottoman Empire was broken up and many of todays Arab nations along with a Jewish region were drawn up AND AGREED TO BY the League Of Nations. The only real difference here was that the Jews were a political football largely between Britain and France who both wanted to spread their control of these area’s. Israel was not able to push off British control until 1948. When Israel became a nation the Arab nations attacked it. Israel won the war but only controlled a small portion of the land that the League Of Nations gave to the Jews. The Arabs that left Jerusalem to its fate were then not allowed back and the surrounding Arab nations would not allow them in either. Those are today’s Arabs called the Palestinians. Israel has not taken land that was not it’s to begin with. It was given by both British mandate and by League of Nations agreements and plans. Even in ancient times it can be PROVEN that Israel existed and Jews lived in Jerusalem and that they had their temple there. Remember in 70 AD, Rome still ruled most of the known world and Roman troops under Titus conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. Today if you go to Rome you can see the Arch that was built commemorating Roman victory over Israel and you can see carved right into the arch a depiction of Roman soldiers carrying spoils of their victory. Among those Items carved into it are temple implements. Here is a link to see a picture and learn more about the arch. It’s PROOF, not circumstantial evidence of Israel’s control of Jerusalem and that Israel did have a temple in Jerusalem. http://www.scholarscorner.com/museums/titus.htm
        I wrote a small 6 or 7 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

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    3. Cliff Page

      The core of this coalition or sympathy is two factors. On the one hand it started with Pat Robertson and his evangelical minions and spread to other evangelical and Pentecostal tent following Christians. With Pat Robertson’s media empire, and his Israeli TV Station, which was mimicked by others starting in the 1980s, a model was seen in Israel that was made evident in its propaganda value to suck in these true believers before the second coming by religious affinity and association and as tourist at the same time. Christian ministers, particularly Televangelists saw the same opportunities as the tour guides to the Holy Land. Irrespective of the fact that Israel and Zionism, by behavior and policy had taken the Holy out of the expression. Secondly Israel and Jews (converted to Christianity) saw that there was an opportunity to politically benefit from this crowd by Jews for Jesus and other organizations and weedy heteroxies and of questionable religious provenance and even more questionable financing. As the “Jesus Freeks” of the late 70’s grew up and drifted away into more rational lives, loosing their compassion or realizing how they had been taken in by charlatans of the tube, with a string of major indictments against the fleecers of their flocks, the wave of the Christian right that had buoyed Ronald Regan into he Presidency died with a whimper and the likes of Jerry Falwell, who was a Baptist (which believe in the separation of church and state) began to evaporate in the politicization of religion. The last great gasp was with Huckaby running for the Presidency. While the organizers and manipulators are still in the wings running TV stations, internet blogs, are TV talking heads, or working as Congressional lobbyists, this article is quite correct – the numbers of their followers has dwindled into the clouds. Israel keeps hoping, but now the media has changed and the individual is in control of he news not the networks, which are as viable as 8 Tracks and Walkman. Liberty and Freedom of thought is no viral and Israel is scratching and clawing, but is on the decline as anyone who wants to know the real facts today, doesn’t need a filter to suck it through a straw – its all on the internet.

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    4. Richard

      Too bad the Christian anti-Zionist crowd chows down on blood guilt, replacement theology, and other medieval anti-Semitic tropes. At least they’re too dumb to understand how bigoted and ignorant they sound.

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      • Brian

        Thanks for your thorough, balanced and heavily researched sociological analysis supported by data and free of slander. Did you even read the article? And Bibi’s Christian Zionist pals burbling about The Rapture and Hitler the Helpful Hunter sound intelligent?

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        • ICat

          You are always hallucinating and ranting, Brian! Go find a job and quit this obsession with Jews. It is destroying your poor empty life!

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      • James B

        I will simply say that your perspective and language are indicative of the same racist ignorance that powers a state that isn’t ‘founded on god’. It was created by terrorists, founded on terrorism, and existing through ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity. I would hope that you open your eyes, but I can that is not of interest to you.

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    5. David L. Mandel

      Thanks to the author for some good information on the hypocrisy and shallowness of support for CUFI and its ilk. But supporters of Palestinian rights need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot by describing “BDS” as the left-wing analog of a corporate “person.” If we didn’t do that, there would be no need for emerging allies like the Presbyterians to “distance themselves from BDS.” Please, folks, the “movement” is for liberation and justice. B, D and S are a set of possible tactics, some more promising, others less so, and in any event subject to legitimate differences of opinion.

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      • ICat

        What a racist hypocrite. When has “the movement” ever said the truth about anything? Crawl back under you rock, “David L. Mandel”. Now!

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    6. Bryan

      Thanks for the link, Jackdaw. It seems they are not coming to Israel, but are transiting via BGA on their way to the occupied territories. Did you notice the bit about Israel restricting access to Holy sites, something that is normally kept hush hush? (“The site was under Jordanian rule until the Six-Day War, after which it came under Israeli control, but access was prevented and it was declared a closed military zone.” Only after Pope Benedict visited the site in 2009 was “the site opened to the general public.”!)

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      • ICat

        Bryan, your obsession with Jews is wrecking what remains of your old dog life, you little old turd! The article says:

        “More than 10,000 Christian pilgrims will arrive in Israel at the start of next week to visit the traditional baptism site Qasr el Yahud (the castle of the Jews), on the banks of the Jordan River. Planeloads of pilgrims from Russia, Greece, Ethiopia and other countries will arrive in Israel in honor of the Christian holiday Epiphany, during which Eastern Christians celebrate Jesus’ baptism. The pilgrims’ destination – Qasr el Yahud – is located on the banks of the Jordan River, near Jericho. Qasr el Yahud is believed to be the location of Jesus’ baptism by John. According to Christian tradition, the site is the place of Jesus’ “spiritual birth”, as opposed to his physical birth in Bethlehem.”

        How did you miss that one, old man? And can you explain to us when and how Judea and Samaria changed its name to “occupied territory”, you old fool.

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        • Brian

          Most of your hairballs are as articulate as Bill the Cat’s: Compare “Bryan/Brian ADHD #% two-headed Gingi moaning groaning obsession with Jews find a job old man” with “Ackth! Oop. Blech.” Not much difference is there? ==>

          http://www.democraticunderground.com/101841718

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          • ICat

            Are you still obsessing with Ginger, Brian? And now you call her sweethear name: “Gingi”? Mamamia! I know female posters, mostly Ginger, trigger something in your head to make you act strange and crazy. Go take your ADHD meds, Brian and don’t forget to find a job. Jews are not only occupying the West Bank, Jews are also occupying your empty little life, little chiwawa.

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          • Brian

            Peace and happiness to you too sweetheart. Why are you obsessed with Jews? It’s not healthy.

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          • ICat

            Brian, your odd logic is unsurprising, because you are a very odd chiwawa. Bryan told us that he is a Brit who retired a while ago, survives on his government provided pension and spends what remains of his life seeking “truth and justice” to explain away why he is incessantly obsessed with Jews. But Bryan’s sense of “truth” and “justice” is awoken ONLY when he hears the word “Jew” and/or “Israel”. What a brainiac he is! And you, Brian, how do you explain your own incessant compulsive obsession with Jews? You don’t have a job, you know. How do you make a living? Are you also retired and seeking “truth and justice” or are you on government provided support and food-stamps? Btw, I am a Jew, an American and an Israeli, Brian. I am a guy, not a girl, and I am certainly not homosexual – so save your “sweetheart” talk for “Gingi”! I am sure you stay awake at night thinking about her. Mamamia!

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          • Brian

            Wow, two coherent English sentences back to back. I’m floored. Another surprise: I was sure you were a girl. You seem anxious to declare you’re not “homosexual” so I’m glad we straightened that out. I’ve always imagined “Gingi” as oh, 60 years old with gray hair or something like that so not sure what the issue is. Now, Hanin Z., that’s one good looking 41 year old. Bet she was something at 21 too. Don’t bother me with impertinent questions. Punk.

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          • ICat

            You “have always imagine Gingi”! See what I mean, Brian? You just confessed that you “have always imagine Gingi”! What a slip of the tongue, brainiac! Tell us, Brian, when and where do you “always imagine Gingi” and what do you do with your hands when you are “imagining Gingi”? And pls. forget that plagiarized mumbo jumbo about “60 years old or something” talk, because you are not fooling anyone.

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          • ICat

            “Impertinent questions”, Brian? That too is unsurprising. Those who have no job, survive on food-stamps provided by the United States government and spend all your time pre-occupied- and obsessing with Jews and Jewish affairs are always irritated by those questions and never answers them! You have also said that you are paying for Haaretz subscription for daily Jew-news, even though you have no subscription for any newspaper/magazine from your own country or any other country? Wow, Jews are not only occupying the West Bank, Brian, Jews have also taken you over and are occupying your empty life!

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          • Brian

            You should read Haaretz every day–it’s one of the world’s great papers– and get an education. We can tell it’s sadly missing in your life. Boy can we tell. The fact that you have to change your name so often says it all. Remember, it’s the meta-communication as much as the direct communication that matters. You trolls never get that through your thick skulls. No one reads what you write. Scream all you want. Bye bye

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          • ICat

            Brian, are your getting paranoid yet again, “seeing things”, “hearing voices” and being fearful of some imaginary “trolls”? Wow, Brian! Anyway, thanks for confirming everything I said. At least we know where you get your “education”: Haaretz, Richard Silverstein (‘Tikum Olam’) and other Jewish websites and blogs where you feed your compulsive obsession with Jews! We now know who your “educators” are: Jewish bloggers! We know who has taken you over and is not just occupying the West Bank, but also occupying your poor empty life: Jews! We know why you don’t have a job and surviving on food-stamps provided by the United States Federal government: obsession with Jews! We know why you are not looking for a job to support yourself and what you are doing when others are at work: “researching” Jews! Jews are your Lord and Master! You are a perfect example of how “Jews rule the world”!

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          • ICat

            Here http://972mag.com/its-always-915-in-the-west-bank-military-court/101272/, Bryan claimed that “Britain makes limited use of administrative measures today, called control orders, but these stop short of DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL, and are used to restrict movement and association by suspects without imprisoning them”! Bryan was ultimately demolished by Ginger Eis, but Bryan did not have the courage and decency to acknowledge his mistakes. And of course, Bryan says that he seeks “truth” and “justice”, even though he is a dishonest old man.

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        • Bryan

          Icat says “can you explain to us when and how Judea and Samaria changed its name to “occupied territory”, you old fool.” You are even more stupid than I thought you were, you silly young man. Previously I thought you were simply another utterly misguided but potentially reasonably honest supporter of Israel. Now you have made it patently clear that you are just another blood-stained apologist of a universally condemned illegal occupation of the territory of the rightful Palestinian state. Now I shall treat you with the utter contempt that you deserve – you are a slimeball and disgrace to humanity. Remember the only thing worse than an old fool is a young fool, you ethnic-cleansing, fascist, defender of Apartheid, racist enemy of human rights and national self-determination, and supporter of war-crimes, and enemy of the state of Israel.

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          • ICat

            HA! This senile old turd is now going bonkers, going off the rails crashing into the abyss of senility and showing his true colors: an old nasty beast! The mask of “politically correctness” that usually hides the hate in his heart against Jews has finally dropped off of his face. While he rants chaotically and incoherently about “ethnic cleansing”, “apartheid”, etc. he conveniently forgot the Biological War (“ The Black War”), Genocide and other Crimes against humanity unleashed by his own country, Britain, against the Aboriginals in a far away Continent, and this is just to name ONE, just ONE of the several Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity committed by his own country which he cares not about, while clinically obsessed with Jews and imaginary crimes of Israel, (see e.g. Flood, Dr Josephine, The Original Australians, p. 126; Connor, The Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838, UNSW Press, 2002, p29. Etc.).

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          • ICat

            Here: http://972mag.com/its-always-915-in-the-west-bank-military-court/101272/, Bryan claimed that “Britain makes limited use of administrative measures today, called control orders, but these stop short of DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL, and are used to restrict movement and association by suspects without imprisoning them”! Bryan was ultimately demolished by Ginger Eis, but Bryan did not have the courage and decency to acknowledge his mistakes. That’s dishonest and dishonorable, old man.

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    7. Lo

      From the US perspective, the Christian Right soured on the GOP after the 2008 financial collapse and Bush presidency showed them that the Republicans really did think of them as useful idiots in the quest to make the elite as rich as possible.

      It still exists, but it has no where near the salience it enjoyed in 2004. In fact, recent political history in America shows the general decline of “values voters.” (Think about how many more seats the GOP would have without “legitimate rape”)

      The fact is that foreign policy (including Israel) is on the back-burner for pretty much everyone here while bread-and-butter issues like wages, healthcare, and unemployment dominate the discussions.

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    8. Susan

      The Christian Zionists and the anti-Christian Zionists are not really that different. I could give you the example of Stephen Sizer who is an anti-Christian Zionist who has said that “Jews should ALL be gently converted to Christianity.” One wonders how one can “gently’ do that and what the world would be like if there were no Jews on the planet.

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    9. Brian

      Regarding the education of the “Christian Zionists” perhaps the whole lot of them ought to lock themselves in a cell and not come out until they’ve read Niebuhr’s “The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness,” to sober up, followed by Bonhoeffer’s “Letters and Papers from Prison,” to really sober up. (On April 8th, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was taken from his cell at Flossenburg and hanged only days before the American liberation of the camp.)

      “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
      — Dietrich Bonhoeffer (In April 1933, raising the first voice for church resistance to persecution of Jews)

      “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”
      — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?”
      — Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Letters and Papers from Prison)

      “We ought not to be in too much of a hurry here to speak piously of God’s will and guidance. It is obvious, and it should not be ignored, that it is your own very human wills that are at work here, celebrating their triumph; the course that you are taking at the outset is one that you have chosen for yourselves…”
      — Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Letters and Papers from Prison)

      “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
      — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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